Are You Prepared?

glory from suffering

How has God gifted you? Maybe you have a knack for music, or you’re good with numbers. Or maybe you’re able to build things, or are a skilled teacher. Whatever you’re ability, it is likely God has opened doors for you to use your talent to serve Him.

A few years back when I began writing, I remember having a romanticized idea of what it would be like. I’d never encounter writer’s block – words would flow freely. Readers would embrace my words in total agreement. I’d have plenty of time to complete everything I was responsible for.  Then reality hit.

Truth be told, there are some days I don’t feel like writing, and other days when writer’s block seems like a wall too high to climb. I’ve received a few nasty comments from those who oppose my biblical worldview. I’ve missed more than one deadline, and have had to re-think a few goals.

Instead of shaking my head in disbelief, I need to realize that when God opens a door for me to use the ability He’s given me, it is a great opportunity, but one that will be met with challenges.

Paul’s story

The apostle Paul was a great missionary. When he met the Lord on the road to Damascus, his life was radically altered. His purpose changed from persecuting believers to preaching the very name he had opposed: Jesus Christ.

I’m not sure if Paul was aware of the challenges that faced him with every door of opportunity that opened before him. But Paul was obedient to walk through each door, even when opposition was there to greet him.

When Paul was in Ephesus, he penned the following words:

For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

Being realistic

He was excited about the work God had for him, yet he was realistic about what the mission entailed. Paul knew there would be times he would suffer. Maybe more than any other apostle, Paul met his fair share of enemies that tried to thwart the work he’d been given. And he had the physical scars to prove it.

Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 2 Corinthians 11:23-25

None of these things caught Paul by surprise. He was committed to using the gift God had given Him. Even when open doors involved hardships; Paul chose obedience rather than comfort (click to tweet).

Whether you’ve been gifted to be a missionary on the foreign field or an artist in the United States, you can approach each door the Lord opens with confidence. Although trials will come, God will be with you each step of the way (click to tweet).

Your turn

Are you surprised when you walk through a door the Lord has opened for you and you face trials? What step will you take today to keep going even when it gets tough?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for the example of the apostle Paul and all he endured when he was being obedient to use the gift You had given him. Help me realize life isn’t about my comfort, it’s about obedience to You (click to tweet). Give me the strength to continue walking with You daily. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love in Christ,

Maria

 

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*Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker and is passionate about sharing the truths of God’s Word with today’s generation. She lives in sunny Georgia with her husband and daughter, two dogs and two cats. Visit her on the web and download a free copy of her eBook, God Speaking.  Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter!

 

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  • 6 thoughts on “Are You Prepared?

    1. Great post Maria! There have been many times in the ministry that it has been hard to take criticism, but I have realized that through those times God is teaching me!

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